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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you have any questions about a concrete pump or the concrete mixes we supply, contact us. Or you can check out some of the frequently asked questions below. Hopefully they can help you and if not, our concrete specialists will be more than happy to.

Depending on the size as follows: - 6m3 truck 26 tonnes; 4m3 truck 18 tonnes; 3m3 truck 15.7 tonnes. Can I cancel a delivery once placed? Yes, provided we have not batched the concrete already. Generally, cancellations less than 2 hours before delivery may not be possible to cancel due to the above.

Once the concrete arrives on site, you will normally have between 1 and 2 hours to place, level and compact the concrete and to finish the surface.

You should ensure that the (agreed) area for the pump is accessible and clear for set up and access for the mixers. If possible, provide a bag of cement for grouting the line (otherwise we can provide another product at a small charge). Should there be nowhere available under your responsibility to wash out the hopper of the pump after finishing the pour, then you must provide a box 1.5m by 1.5m by 0.3m high lined with plastic that we can use. The waste is your responsibility to move and dispose of.

Provided the concrete can be remixed (and resold) in accordance with the time limits within our policy on returned concrete, there will be no charge, however we cannot always guarantee this and will advise you of this at the time. If we do have to bring back concrete and dispose of it, we will have to charge you for its disposal, which will cost £200 per m2. It would be better if you could pre-plan an area where you could use any excess.

We allow 30 minutes on site time included in our price, regardless of the load size. Any excess on site time is charged at £1.65 + VAT per minute, after 30 minutes.

Provided the vehicle can turn in so that it is square to the entrance and provided there are no overhanging trees or other obstructions at height, the minimum width required is 2.7m or 8ft 10 inches. Please remember that in general, minimix trucks are the same width as larger trucks. They only differ in their shorter length and hence turning circle and manoeuvrability. The chutes reach approximately up to 2.4m from the back of the truck or 1.2m from the side of the truck.

Although this depends on the size of the barrow and the degree of filling, there are generally between 20 and 24 wheelbarrows in a m3 of concrete. This concrete will weigh in the region of 100 – 120kgs (16 stone) which is more than the weight of an average man.

The driver will discharge into wheelbarrows; however, you should advise us of this at the time you place the order, otherwise you may cause delays to other customers. If you consider it necessary, you should protect pavements and roads in case of spillage. The driver will of course help to wash down this area after delivery, although we will not accept responsibility for cleaning any spillage. Unfortunately, our drivers are too busy operating the mixer to be able to help with the laying or barrow.

Should you be in the building industry and a regular user, subject to satisfactory references, we can offer credit account facilities. Otherwise, we offer credit / debit card at order placement time and cash at point of delivery. We do however reserve the right to charge for credit card transactions.

Square sided footings or slabs multiply the length by the width by the depth. Useful conversions: - 1 linear metre (m)=100 centimetres=1000 millimetres;1 foot=0.3m,6 inches=0.15m,4 inches=0.1m;1 cubic yard=0.75m3. Area of a right-angle triangle=half base x height. Area of a circle is r ² or (d ²)/4 where r is the radius and d is the diameter of the circle measured in metres.

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Wright MiniMix celebrate a win at their annual golf day
13th October 2017

The Wright MiniMix team has returned from our annual golf day triumphant, with a win against Bristol & Bath Concrete.

Following the success of last year’s golf day, over fifty of our clients, contacts and friends joined us at the superb course at The Kendleshire golf course and country club in Bristol, one of the county’s premier golfing locations.

This exciting event took place to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wright MiniMix – one of the leading providers of ready mix concrete, liquid screed and concrete pumping in the south west of England and Wales. In fact, some of Wright MiniMix’s concrete pumps (including the UK’s largest concrete pump) also made an appearance, much to the delight of those in attendance.

In true competitive spirit, the team - led by MD Len, took to the course to play 18 holes of golf. Whilst Bristol & Bath made an excellent effort, the Wright MiniMix team were the stronger team on the day and took home the coveted trophy.

Len said, “We are delighted to have reached such a significant milestone with Wright MiniMix and what better way than to spend it on the golf course, playing in an exciting tournament against our friends at Bristol & Bath Concrete”

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We are hiring - Join Team Wright MiniMix!
11th October 2017

Due to future expansion, we require an Operations Manager to join our team. Experience with ready mixed concrete production and block manufacturing or similar related products is essential.

The candidate should be prepared to build on an established team, whilst improving both environmental and health & safety awareness. You will need to have a strong understanding of transport regulations and ideally be a CPC holder.

In addition, you will need to fully understand BSI compliance and support our concrete pumping division.

Mostly, you must be able to build a commercially beneficial team to maintain the growth that the company expects.

Please forward your CV to the M.D Len Wright along with salary expectations via email:

len@wrightminimix.co.uk
 

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Why concrete is the best material for stunning architecture
02nd October 2017

From monumental museums to striking structures, our durable concrete friend always delivers a solid performance when it comes to architecture.

We all know the practical benefits of using concrete when building, but you may be surprised to realise that sometimes the most striking and unusual buildings are made of concrete.

Could you name the world’s first renowned concrete structure? If you guessed the iconic dome of the Pantheon in Rome which was completed in AD128, you are right! Despite its age, the Pantheon is still breath-taking in every which way. Roman concrete was based on a hydraulic-setting cement and was known for its durability (which was helped further by the incorporation of volcanic ash)

If iconic is the name of the game, then the Sydney Opera House surely must be awarded the same honour? The Opera House which was built in 1973 is certainly one of the most notable examples of modern expressionist architecture. 
Architects are continuing to use concrete to create works of art that are talked about all over the world. For example, if we look at the National Museum of Brazil, you will see Oscar Niemeyer’s architectural creation that resembles a planet embedded in the ground, with the other half of the sphere created by a reflection in an adjacent pool.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s auditorium in the Canary Islands creates an arresting figure against the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, a performance space is enclosed by abstract curving forms.

Other notable concrete buildings include:

Fallingwater in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. This house has been escalated into a national historic landmark thanks to its use of an adventurous cantilever design using reinforced concrete.

The Lotus Temple in Delhi whose design was inspired by the lotus flower which features a concrete dome covered by 27 petals made of white marble. 

With the worldwide readymix concrete market being valued at £127bn per year, concrete is worth more than all other buildings materials put together.

With concrete having an increasingly popular presence in internal and external architecture, there has never been a better time to take advantage of this incredible material. Concrete is a contemporary, minimalist and trendy way to construct buildings and more and more architects are looking to take advantage of this. Whilst the benefits of concrete are clear, these amazing buildings demonstrate that concrete structures can be beautiful as well as utilitarian.


For more information about our ready mix concrete, concrete pumping services and concrete mixes, contact our team today on 0117 958 2090.

 

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What is the difference between liquid screed and concrete?
18th September 2017

Whilst both concrete and liquid screed do contain some of the same properties, there are tangible differences between them and how they are used.

Concrete is used for a wide range of projects such as the construction of buildings, laying house foundations, path and driveways, flooring (both commercial, residential and industrial) and more. Concrete is a relatively cheap material and is incredibly durable with few maintenance requirements. 

Screed is used as a final layer for flooring, it is laid to prepare the installation of a floor covering such as carpet, timber or tiling. There are typically five distinct types of screed flooring but at Wright MiniMix, we have developed our own version of liquid screed – our Wrightflow Screed. Liquid screed is fast becoming an industry standard in floor screeding. Some people refer to liquid screed as ‘self-levelling screed’ too.

Thanks to our extensive knowledge and experience within the concreting and liquid screed industry, we developed our liquid screed after an in-depth development and vigorous testing process. Our aim was to ensure that it met the specific needs of our customers and to produce a high-quality product.

Our liquid screed is self-compacting and removes the need to have the floor sealed prior to laying. The liquid screed is installed over underfloor heating pipes and insulation and the screed actively conducts the heat evenly across the entire floor surface. One of the main benefits of liquid screed is that it helps retain the heat for longer. Our Wrightflow liquid screed covers the pipework completely and eliminates any potential gaps of air that could prevent the heat from rising. 

It is important to ensure that you allow a sufficient drying time when laying liquid screed, otherwise cracking may occur.

Similarly to concrete, our liquid screed contains blended cement, water, sand, limestone, dust as well as more unique materials such as anti-crack fibres, super plasticiser and an anti-shrink agent.

The installation of liquid screed can be less labour intensive over other screed flooring solutions and by using our own liquid screed can increase the thermal efficiency of your building which will be more efficient both in terms of money and energy consumption too.

Liquid screed doesn’t require the same depth as other mixes of floor screed and this means that you have a significant reduction in both weight and drying time too!

Aesthetically, you can usually tell the difference between concrete and liquid screed by how it looks. Concrete has a rougher texture and liquid screed has more of a smoother finish. Liquid screed is traditionally only used as a finishing layer on internal floors whereas concrete can be used for both internal and external flooring. 


For more information about our ready mix concrete, concrete pumping services and concrete mixes, contact our team today on 0117 958 2090.

 

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